The weather forecast is for sun, with intermittent showers.

I gather it wants to say "the weather forecast tells people it's sunny with intermittent showers". But I couldn't understand this part "for sun". I guess 'sun' is the written abbreviation of 'sunny'(though I didn't find this usage in the dictionary). Even if so, what's the meaning of "for" here? Does it mean something like "support"? That's the only meaning I could imagine, though it's weird.

How to explain this part "for sun"?


If for = in support of seems "weird" in this context, try thinking of it as heading for, pointing in the direction of, as in "I'm for bed". But I think it's just as "intuitive" to see OP's example as short for...

The weather forecast is for it (the weather) to be sun/sunny.

Note that there's no real need for a preposition at all in OP's exact context, and semantically it's irrelevant whether it's sun or sunny (both are perfectly valid and commonly used).

  • Precise interpretation of individual prepositions is for the birds. – FumbleFingers Jun 12 '14 at 16:03
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    Is that a reference to this? – StoneyB Jun 12 '14 at 16:24
  • Coincidentally, I was reading in New Scientist last night about a breakthrough in understanding "dolphin-speak", and I must say at the time I thought there couldn't be much to it if they've taken 25 years to capture a single instance of a truly "symbolic" dolphin whistle. Obviously they would have done better to have spent that time helping Christian Moullec working with geese. – FumbleFingers Jun 12 '14 at 21:46
  • Oh, wow. just wow. – StoneyB Jun 12 '14 at 22:42
  • In this case, I think the usage is not entirely grammatically correct, but such usage is pretty common. It could also be "The weather forecast is for sunshine" -- or "sunny skies". – Corvus B Mar 21 '16 at 20:22

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